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Eagland, Deni

  • Person
  • 1928 -1996

Worked for the Vancouver Sun from 1955-1990.

Eagle, Alistair

  • Person

Photographer and videographer located in Vancouver, B.C.

Eddy, Ralph

  • Person
  • 1889-1970

Oregon photographer.

Edmond, C.H.

  • Person
  • 1883-1970

C.H. Edmond was a Chilcotin explorer and landowner pre-WWI (Edmond Creek, a Chilko Lake tributary; Edmond Glacier); later natural resource promoter and logging operator on the B.C. coast (Bute Development Ltd., Blunden Harbour Logging, etc.).

Edwardes, Emily E.

  • Person

Miss Emily E. Edwardes was in training in 1902 in Vancouver City Hospital, corner of Pender and Cambie Street. She served in the 1914-1918 war with No. 5 Canadian General Hospital. In 1920 she married Major J.S. Matthews. She died in 1948.

Edwards, Amy

  • Person

Amy Edwards was employed by David Spencer Ltd. as an employment officer during the 1920s and 1930s. She later became a social worker.

Ellery, E.I.

  • Person

Art photographer and Portrait painter. Photography studio located at 32 River Street, Truro (U.K.).

Emerson, John

  • Person
  • 1911-1968

John Emerson was born in Vancouver on March 13, 1911. He was educated at Lord Roberts Grade School, King George High School and the University of British Columbia. Emerson studied as a violinist under the tutelage of Holroyd Paul and in 1920, won the gold medal at the B.C. Music Festival. He subsequently switched to the piano as his major instrument and by 1929 was a student at UBC. During the 1930s he had his own Radio series on CJOR and worked on CNR Alaska cruise ships. He was involved in many CBC productions as an actor. Between 1954 and 1956, he created tab versions of well-known musical comedies at the Arctic Club. In 1956 he married Mary McLeod of Vancouver. Their son Jean was born in 1957. He was Musical Director for the productions of "Salad Days", 1963, and "The Fantasticks", 1964 at the Freddie Wood Theatre. In 1964 illness forced his retirement. He died in 1968.

Emery, Bertram

  • Person

Bertram Arnold Emery (1893-1977) was born in Victoria where he worked as a pharmacist until 1918, at which time he joined the RAF (Canada). Between 1920 and 1924 he operated a drugstore on Mayne Island. In 1924 he moved to Vancouver, working first with the Vancouver Drug Company, and in 1937 opening his Vest Pocket Drug Store. Emery was active in community work in Kitsilano and served as a Parks Commissioner from 1946 to 1949. He served as an Alderman from 1960 to 1965.

Engleman, David

  • Person
  • [19-]-

David Engleman is a Vancouver-based musician, active from the 1970s onwards. He was a member of the bands Brain Damage 1971-2006 and Ridgerunner 1975-1976s, as bassist and vocalist.

Eriksen, Bruce

  • Person
  • 1928-1997

Bruce Eriksen was born March 21, 1928 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He completed his education to grade three at Knowles School for Boys in Winnipeg. Over the years, Eriksen worked at several jobs, including logging, construction, factory work, machining and digging graves. After hurting his back in 1972, he was introduced by social planner Peter Davies to advocacy work and also to Davies' daughter, Libby, whom Eriksen later married. Working as a people's advocate in the downtown eastside led Eriksen founding in 1973 the Downtown Eastside Residents' Association (DERA), a grassroots organization run by residents of the neighbourhood. Through DERA, Eriksen helped transform the inner-city area previously known as Skid Road, getting it recognized as a legitimate city neighbourhood with its own needs and problems. Eventually, he ran for City Council and was elected in 1980 on his fifth try. He remained on Council as a member of the Committee of Progressive Electors (COPE) team until his retirement in 1993. He died March 16, 1997. Among Eriksen's accomplishments were getting funds to improve Oppenheimer Park, lobbying for the conversion of the former Carnegie Library into a community centre, and working to bring in a by-law requiring sprinklers in rooming houses and hotels. He also continually worked to ensure that civic and provincial inspectors enforced liquor and housing by-laws. He was a skilled cartoonist, mural painter and master woodworker.

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Evans, Walter F.

  • Person
  • 1874-1949

W.F. Evans was born in Wales in 1874 and came to Vancouver in 1887. He was the builder and president of the Hotel Devonshire, and a founder of Dyke, Evans and Callaghan Music Company. He was an active supporter of the Vancouver Symphony Society. He died in 1949.

Farris, John L.

  • Person
  • 1911-1986

John Lauchlan Farris was born on September 5, 1911 in Vancouver. He was the fourth of four children born to Senator John Wallace deBeque Farris and Dr. Evlyn Fenwick Farris. Farris attended the Margaret Jenkins School in Victoria. He returned to Vancouver in 1921 and attended Kitsilano High School from which he graduated in 1923 at the age of 15. Farris graduated from U.B.C. a Bachelor of Arts in 1931. From 1931 to 1934, Farris attended the Law School of Harvard University. Before the beginning of his third year at Harvard Law School, Farris married Dorothy Beatrice Colledge. Following graduation, Farris joined his father’s law firm (Farris, Farris, Stultz & Bull) in 1935. Farris and his father practised together for over 30 years.

In 1958 and 1959, Farris served as the President of the Vancouver Bar Association. Farris was elected national President of the Canadian Bar Association, serving a one-year term from 1971 to 1972. In 1973, Farris was appointed to the position of Chief Justice of British Columbia and Farris resigned from the position of Chief Justice in 1978. Farris became associate counsel to the firm of Shrum, Liddle and Hebenton in 1979. Farris died on October 14, 1986.


  • Person
  • 1892–1950

Feldman, Jacqueline

  • Person
  • 1947-2017

Jacqueline Feldman was born in Toronto on May 29, 1947. She lived and worked in Vancouver as a professional photographer. Feldman also acted as Chair of the Entertainment Media Arts Society.

Ferrie, Katherine

  • Person
  • ?-1911

Katherine Ferrie (nee Katherine Fergus Turner) was the wife of Walter B. Ferrie.
The couple were married in 1893, then later moved from Hamilton, Ontario to Vancouver, where Walter Ferrie served as the B.C. manager of the Canada Life Assurance Company.

Fewster, Ernest Philip

  • Person
  • 1868-1947

Ernest Fewster was born in Berkshire, England. His family moved to Canada in 1887 and to Vancouver in 1888. His father started a feed and seed business. Between 1898 and 1902, Fewster studied medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He practiced medicine in Southern Kansas, where he met and married Grace E. Smith in 1903. They returned to B.C., setting up a practice in Rock Bay, Vancouver Island. They moved to Vancouver in 1911. Fewster had an avid interest in literature and writing. In 1916, he was instrumental in the founding of the Vancouver Poetry Society and was elected its first president, a position he held until his death in 1947. Several volumes of his poetry and prose were published and reviewed.

Findlay, James

  • Person
  • 1854-1924

James Findlay was born in Montreal and moved to Vancouver in 1887. He was the 15th mayor of Vancouver.

Firkins, Yvonne Millicent

  • Person
  • 1891-1966

Yvonne Firkins was born April 13, 1891 in England and came to Vancouver in 1920. She was a founding member of the Little Theatre and was active in theatrical circles, mainly as a director and administrator. She was president of the B.C. Drama Association, founder of the Vancouver Ballet Society and originator of the B.C. Dance Festival. She was also a member of Theatre Under the Stars. From 1939-1945 she was the production manager of service shows for Pacific Command. In 1964 she opened The Arts Club Theatre. Firkins died Jan. 7, 1966.

Fitch, George

  • Person
  • 1897-1968

George Fitch served with the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders in World War I, and then was secretary to Mayors of Vancouver from 1922 to 1934. Following this, he became a wrestling promoter for the Vancouver Boxing Commission. In June 1937 he left wrestling to serve as manager of the Capilano Brewing Company and later joined Lucky Lager Breweries Limited as assistant to the president.

Fladell, Ernie

  • Person
  • 1925-2006

Ernie Fladell was an advertising executive, originally from Brooklyn, New York, who moved to the Vancouver area in 1971. In Vancouver, he was involved in cultural promotion, working for the City's Social Planning Department, and in the development of various arts festivals in the city..

Fladell served in the United States army during WWII, moving into the advertising business after the war. He worked for the NBC network, then opened his own advertising agency. In 1971, he sold his interest in the agency and moved his family to North Vancouver, where he and his wife opened a picture framing business. He later took on a position with the City of Vancouver's Social Planning Department and was involved in the development and promotion of festivals, public art programs, and organised the performing arts festival associated with the United Nations Habitat Conference, held in Vancouver in 1976. He was one of the founders of both the Vancouver Children's Festival and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

In the early 1980's Fladell moved to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where he was head of regional communications. He continued to be involved in the Children's Festival, becoming Executive Director in 1984.

Flaherty, Elizabeth

  • Person

Elizabeth Flaherty received her pilot's licence in 1931 and was on the executive of the Women's Flying Club of Vancouver (more commonly known as the "Flying Seven") in the 1930s.

Foley, Harold Scanlon

  • Person
  • 1900-1974

Harold Scanlon Foley, born and educated in the United States, first entered the retail lumber business in Florida in 1925. In 1936, he was appointed Executive Vice-President of the Powell River Company, British Columbia's first newsprint operation founded by Foley's uncle, M.J. Scanlon. In 1959, MacMillan Bloedel and the Powell River Company merged to form MacMillan, Bloedel and the Powell River Limited, and Foley was appointed Vice-Chairman. He resigned in April 1961, but continued to devote much time to public and business life, serving on many directorships in corporations and in voluntary organizations. He was appointed a Knight of St. Gregory, and in 1956, he was elected a Knight of Malta.

Foote, Lewis Benjamin

  • Person
  • 1873-1957

Lewis Benjamin Foote was born at Foote’s Cove, Newfoundland in 1873. He moved to Winnipeg in 1902, where he became a professional photographer. From 1907 to 1928 he was partner in the firm of Foote and James. He was an active photographer until 1947.

Ford, Marguerite

  • Person
  • 1952-

Marguerite Ford was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and came to British Columbia in 1952. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in biology. She trained as a librarian at the University of Toronto and worked in Vancouver as a Medical Librarian. Ford raised four children.

Before entering politics, Ford served her community in a variety of ways, through membership in the Point Grey Community Resources Board, the General Hospital Board, and The Electors' Action Movement (T.E.A.M.). She was President of the Women's Auxiliary to the Vancouver General Hospital and served as a Trustee of the hospital in 1974.

Ford was president of T.E.A.M. in 1976 when she first contested and won an aldermanic seat. She held her seat on City Council for ten years, until she was defeated in the civic election of 1986. During those years she served variously as Council's representative on the Vancouver Resources Board ,Public Library Board, Heritage Advisory Committee, and the Metropolitan Board of Health. She chaired the Standing Committee on Planning and Development, and the Special Committee for the Disabled, and was active on the Affirmative Action Committee (a full listing of her committee appointments while on Council accompanies the file list). She was also involved with the Dunbar/West Point Grey/Southlands Community Resources Board (later the Point Grey Community Resources Board) and with the Vancouver Resources Board Committee on drug dependency.

After leaving civic politics, Ford was appointed Director of the Alzheimer Society in 1987.

Forsman, Robert J.

  • Person

Robert Forsman was born in Vancouver, BC. He attended the Vancouver School of Art from 1966 to 1970. Forsman has resided in the Steveston area of Richmond since 1988.

Fort, Robert

  • Person
  • 1895-1974

Robert Hamilton Fort was a professional photographer in Victoria, B.C. He operated as a solo studio photographer and in various partnerships over his career as Wheeler and Fort, Wheeler-Fort Studio, Fort-Cowx-Macphail, Fort-Macphail, and the Robert Fort Children's Studio.

Fowler, Major Charles Busteed

  • Person
  • 1849-1941

Major Charles Busteed Fowler (1849-1941) was a soldier, then an architect who worked in England, the United States, and Vancouver.
He was born in Cork, Ireland, and began his military career in 1867 with the 4th Dragoons. He served in the Egyptian War, the South African War, and later during the First World War was in command of the Home Guard of Vancouver.
He became a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1879, and in 1908 he moved to the United States, where he designed and restored many buildings, especially churches. In 1913 he arrived in Vancouver where he continued his architectural practice. He was elected an honourary life member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia in 1939.
In addition to his professional activities, Fowler was also an active member of the Vancouver Walking Club.

Frank, Leonard Juda

  • Person
  • 1870-1944

Leonard Frank was a well-known professional photographer in British Columbia. He was born in Germany and first moved to San Francisco, before travelling to Alberni, B.C., to work in the mining industry. He began his photography interest there. In 1916, he moved to Vancouver and began to work as a photographer. He later established Leonard Frank Photos Studio, under which name he operated his photography business until his death in 1944.

Fraser, Robert Nelson

  • Person
  • 1859-1939

Dr. Robert Fraser (1859-1940) was born in Westmeath, Ontario, and graduated in medicine from Queens University in 1884. He served as assistant surgeon for the C.P.R. Lake Superior Division for one year before undertaking medical studies in London, England, from 1885 to 1886. On his return, he established a medical practice in Thomasville, Ontario, before coming to Vancouver in 1921. He stood for election as a Councillor of the Municipality of Point Grey and was elected by acclamation for four terms between 1925 and 1929. He was a leading advocate of the amalgamation of Point Grey and Vancouver, and served as alderman for the XII ward (West Point Grey) for two terms. He was also on the teaching staff of the Medical Faculty of the University of Manitoba and was active in public health work. He was a member of the Greater Vancouver Health League and was one of the founders of the Preventorium.

Frost, Walter E.

  • Person
  • 1898-1988

Walter E. Frost was born in Vancouver in 1898. After World War I he bought a Kodak roll film camera and began to photograph his city and the ships and trains that carry its life-blood. He was an avid amateur photographer interested in ships, trains, and the city of Vancouver. He stopped taking photographs in the mid 1970s. He died in 1988.

Gansner, John

  • Person
  • 1891-1975

John Gansner was born in Switzerland in 1891, immigrated to Canada in 1913, attended Temple University and returned to Nelson, B.C., to practice dentistry. In 1938 he started a dental practice in the Georgia Medical Dental Building in Vancouver, retiring from this practice in the mid-1960s. He died in White Rock in 1975.

Gilbert, Daniel R.

  • Person

Daniel Gilbert was a veteran of the battle of Vimy Ridge and he was a participant in an official pilgrimage that the Canadian Legion organized to Vimy and the battlefields in 1936, when the Canadian War Memorial on Vimy Ridge was unveiled.

Gilbert, Herb

  • Person
  • 1926-2005

Gilbert was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on December 19, 1926. He was a painter and Professor emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia. Gilbert was a member of the Canadian Group of Painters and the British Columbia Society of Artists.

Gilchrist, Neil

  • Person
  • 1894-1975

Neil Campbell Gilchrist was born in Woodville Ontario on June 11, 1894, the third son of Margaret and Lauchlin Gilchrist. Neil had two older brothers, Bill and Jack, a younger brother Gordon and a younger sister Anna. The Gilchrist family lived in Woodville until 1899, where Lauchlin had spent nearly twenty-five years as a school principal, when Lauchlin decided to purchase a small cattle ranch near Bolsover, a hamlet fifteen miles away. In 1901 the family moved back to Woodville to a house in town.

On October 18, 1902 Neil's younger brother Gordon died after having his tonsils removed and developing diphtheria. Subsequently Anna suffered from diphtheria and quarantine was imposed for a month. As an adult, Neil wrote about how affected he was by Gordon's death. By the time Anna had recovered and the quarantine had ended, Neil's father had bought a forty-five acre vineyard in the San Joaquin Valley at Livermore California. There Neil entered third grade and was immediately nicknamed "Scotty" by his schoolmates. Baptiste Barthe ("Bap") and Herman Lienau became his closest friends. During his lifetime, Neil's friends were all important, maintaining their affection and loyalty by written correspondence when geographically separated.

In November 1905, the family left California to proceed via Vancouver to take up farming on the prairies. However, cousin Rod Campbell persuaded Neil's father to join him in the real estate business of McGregor and Company in Vancouver. A turning point for Lauchlin as he entered the Assessment Office of the city in 1908 and was Chief Clerk for ten years before retirement.

Life in the city was a constant delight for Neil and his friends. Through various changes of abode (540 Nelson, 1203 Bidwell, 1084 Denman, 1223 Bidwell) he expanded his social network and became completely at ease whether on foot, using public transport, or travelling by canoe to English Bay. In those early years, Neil and his friends built a tree-house which they called "Heaven" beyond Siwash Rock. Due to a near-drowning incident while playing tag on the False Creek log booms (he fell off the log booms into deep water and was rescued by his brother Jack), Neil soon learned to swim taught by Joe Fortes, Vancouver's renowned lifeguard.

Schoolwork was taken seriously and like several of his close friends (Ros Bryson, Russ Davidson, Ab Richards, Jack Orr) Neil went to Normal School and was well ensconced as a teaching principal in Armstrong at the outbreak of World War I. Neil's dilemmas in regard to enlisting were not resolved until late in the war. It was June 23, 1918 when he and two hundred of his regiment, the 5th Co. Royal Canadian Ground Artilery, C.E.F., arrived in Halifax where they were barracked at the Citadel (the fort) and a number were chosen to train on the heavy artillery. Neil wrote in his army diary how he and Ros Bryson tried to find a way over the walls of the fort. Some good friends such as Russ Davidson did survive Passchendaele and other horrific battles. Fortunately Neil's regiment was never sent overseas.

When the war ended, upon his return to Vancouver, Neil realized that were he ever to marry and want to raise a family, his career as a teacher did not provide sufficiently. Having a strong interest in the physiology of the eye, he went off to study at the Los Angeles Medical School of Optometry and Ophthalmology, eventually becoming an optometrist. He met Elsie Appleby Clark while she was in the employ of Strain Optical and although he thought she might not fancy an older fellow (he was nine years older) they began going to theatrical, musical and athletic events together, often in the company of friends. In September 1927 they were married and the following June Elsie gave birth to a daughter, Margaret Ellen. Two other daughters were born, Barbara Appleby (1934) and Jane Elizabeth (1942).

During the early years of his marriage, Neil had an office in Spencer's department store where he went through some difficult times establishing his practice, receiving moral support from Colonel Victor Spencer and other members of that family. By the time Timothy Eaton bought out Spencer's Neil had a loyal following of patients. He then moved his office to the Vancouver Block where he occupied the mezzanine for many years. When he was in his seventies, Neil moved to a smaller office on the fourth floor, keeping a five day a week schedule until Easter week of 1975 when he died from injuries sustained by a fall down the basement stairs.

As a United Church member, Neil attended service regularly, twice a day as a young man. He had an abiding faith in the existence of God and wrote his own memorial service extolling the miracle of life and the bounteous gifts he had received in his own: the love of family and friends, a deep pleasure in the wonders of nature, along with the knowledge that all Creation must be in the care of a power and intelligence far greater than any human mind could conceive.

Gilmour, Clyde

  • Person
  • 1912-1997

Worked for Vancouver Sun and Province, as well as for CBC in Vancouver.

Giordano, Charles E.

  • Person

Charles E. Giordano was a photographer, likely operating in Quesnel, B.C.

Glass, Barry

  • Person
  • 1933-1968

Barry Glass was born in North Vancouver and worked for the City of Vancouver. Glass died June 25, 1968

Godfrey, Alexander

  • Person

Alexander Godfrey was born in Mount Forest, Ontario. He went to Manitoba around 1876, where he stayed until 1887. At that time he came to Vancouver and went into the hardware business with his brother Thomas. Godfrey was elected alderman for Ward 2 for 1891-1892. In 1894 he moved to New Westminster where he had his own business, and in 1899 he went to Atlin as an agent for Dunn Hardware. In 1900 he moved to Dawson where he died suddenly of pneumonia.

Godwin, George Stanley

  • Person
  • 1889-1974

Born in London, England, Godwin moved to British Columbia in 1911. He worked as a writer and publisher.

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